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  • NASA May Have Invented a Warp Drive

    04/28/2015 11:32:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    IGN ^ | April 28, 2015 | David Porter
    The EmDrive, an experimental propulsion device, may be producing a warp field. According to posts on the NASA Space Flight forum, when lasers were fired into the EmDrive resonance chamber, it was found that some of the beams were travelling faster than the speed of light. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)If this is true, then it would mean that the EmDrive is producing a warp field or bubble. A forum post says that "this signature (the interference pattern) on the EmDrive looks just like what a warp bubble looks like. And the math behind the warp bubble apparently matches the interference pattern found in...
  • Scientists are trying to brew oxygen on Mars

    04/27/2015 7:25:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    ScienceNordic ^ | April 26, 2015 | Lise Brix
    Six years from now a machine that makes oxygen will be in operation on Mars. The small oxygen device will be sent to the Red Planet with the NASA Mars 2020 mission. "We're going to build a small instrument that will generate oxygen on Mars. It will be the prototype of a much larger 'factory' that will provide astronauts with oxygen at some point in the future," says Morten Bo Madsen, the head of the Mars group at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. The project is known at NASA as MOXIE (Mars OXygen In Situ resource...
  • Paula Deen lands on her feet

    04/27/2015 10:28:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 21 replies
    I noticed that my Congressman (Roe TN-1) was in Pigeon Forge this past weekend to welcome Paula Deen. Recall that she got the business not too long ago for thoughtcrime. Thought some FReepers who might be coming to East Tenn for vacation or passing through might be interested. Menu looks mouth watering.
  • U.S. Hostage Killed by Drone Was Former SUNY Faculty Member

    04/24/2015 1:15:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    insidehighered.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | insidehighered
    ...The former faculty member was Warren Weinstein, who had been held hostage since 2011. He was in Pakistan working with human rights and assistance groups. Earlier in his career, he taught political science at SUNY Oswego.
  • Living Like No One Else - Vacation

    04/20/2015 3:48:19 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 42 replies
    vanity | April 19, 2015 | Self
    Dave Ramsey always says the phrase "Live like no one else so you can live like No One Else" on his show. And anyone who listens knows it's about eating "beans and rice and rice and beans" and till you overcome the debt lifestyle. But what's not talked about is the other side - where you've made it and are living "Like No One else". What's that like and what kind of thinking happens on that side of the fence? Having just come back from Two Weeks in Oahu, I was thinking about it. How did I get to this...
  • Bizarre Coincidence or Direct Inspiration? 2014 Film “Wild Tales” Foreshadowed Psycho Pilot Crash

    04/06/2015 9:35:38 AM PDT · by IChing · 15 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 4/6/2015 | Donald Joy
    In cases of international intrigues and current controversies having to do with how fictional movies can effect real-life people and events around the globe, I have yet to watch The Interview, last year’s comedy about North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, which provoked terror threats against theaters and sensational accusations concerning the hacking of Sony. However, yesterday I had the occasion to catch the award-winning black comedy from Argentina, Wild Tales, a darkly funny and shocking cinematic masterpiece containing six short-film vignettes, all having the common theme of ordinary human characters losing their minds and acting out unexpected, violent revenge upon...
  • "Riders Union" Rep: Private Buses are "Triggering"

    04/05/2015 1:17:20 PM PDT · by rightistight · 43 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/5/15 | Aurelius
    A bus union leader is saying that she is “triggered” whenever she thinks about private buses that are becoming popular in San Francisco. Leap, one such company, is gaining popularity in the city for their luxury buses and comfortable seating. Not all people are happy with such start-up businesses. The San Francisco Transit Riders Union, for example, is upset at companies like Leap. SFTRU for short, the union describes itself as “A rider-based, grassroots organization working to improve transit in San Francisco.” Ilyse Magy, a representative for the union, said that not only are private buses classist, but they are...
  • 18 wheeler with over 32 tons of weight achieved 12.2 mpg which is over double regular efficiency

    04/01/2015 4:20:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | March 30, 2015 | Brian Wang
    Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) SuperTruck program has achieved 115 percent freight efficiency improvement – surpassing the Department of Energy (DOE) program’s goal of 50 percent improvement and exhibiting the best results of all reporting OEMs. Testing was also conducted at the DTNA Detroit engineering facility to demonstrate engine efficiency by achieving 50.2 percent engine brake thermal efficiency. The final SuperTruck demonstrator ran a five-day, 312-mile round trip route on Texas Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Dallas, at a weight of 65,000 lbs GVWR at a speed of 65 mph, where it achieved an average result of 12.2 mpg.Solutions...
  • Images of Jerusalem

    03/26/2015 2:00:32 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    photo WikiMedia Commons [gallery]
  • ICE Releases Another 30,000 Illegal Alien Criminals [semi-satire]

    03/23/2015 8:49:42 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 March 2015 | John Semmens
    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that during 2014 it released another 30,000 illegal aliens with criminal records. This follows the 36,000 it released in 2013. The crimes for which these persons were responsible include homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated assault and more than 16,000 incidents of drunk or drugged driving. The released individuals are now free to move about the country. In testimony before Congress, ICE Director Sarah Saldana characterized this action as “the best option we had available to us given the parameters established by President Obama. Is putting criminals back on the street bad? Yes, but...
  • New Orleans airport shooting: Man with machete shot when he attacked TSA officer, sheriff says

    03/20/2015 8:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | March 20, 2015 | Heather Nolan
    A man with a machete was shot after he attacked a security officer at Louis Armstrong International Airport Friday evening, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said. The man walked down a TSA Pre-Check security line into Concourse B at about 7:30 p.m. and was challenged by an officer who was checking for his boarding pass, Normand said. The man then pulled out a can of wasp spray and sprayed the officer, he said. He ran past two other officers and pulled out a machete, cutting a female TSA officer in the arm, Normand said. A sheriff's officer opened fire, striking...
  • How Will 3D Printing Affect Trucking?

    03/19/2015 12:35:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    HDT's TruckingInfo ^ | March 18, 2015 | Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
    Business is booming, fuel prices are down. So it’s time to start thinking about the next threat to the industry: 3D printing. Advocates of 3D printing have said it can transform manufacturing. This week, a new startup company announced a new 3D printing technique it says may actually deliver on that promise. In traditional 3D printing, the machine "prints" layers of material to create a 3D object. This takes time and leaves ripples showing where those layers were laid down. But what if you could "grow" an object out of a pool of liquid, much like the T-1000 rising from...
  • Driver’s Licenses for Illegals Leads to Abundance of Organ Donors [semi-satire]

    03/17/2015 11:53:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2015 | John Semmens
    The California Transplant Donor Network hailed California’s policy of granting driver’s licenses to persons in the country illegally for boosting organs available for transplant by an estimated 30 percent. Marcella Corona, community development liaison for the Transplant Donor Network, cited two factors she felt were “critical components of this good news. Obviously, by putting more drivers on the road there will be more potential crashes resulting in brain-dead victims—the prime source of organs for transplant. But the gains are likely to be even greater than mere numbers portend. On average, the driving skills of people from Latin America are decades...
  • Obama Administration Asks Appeals Court to Void Injunction [semi-satire]

    03/14/2015 10:52:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2015 | John Semmens
    Lawyers for the Obama Administration filed suit in the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, asking it to overturn federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction prohibiting further executive action granting additional rights and privileges to amnestied illegal aliens. “Judge Hanen’s order is unprecedented and wrong,” claimed Administration attorney Abby Lyon. “First of all, a mere district court judge lacks the standing to impede a policy ordered by the president of the United States,” Lyon said. “Second, Judge Hanen was appointed by former President Bush, who is no longer this country’s reigning chief executive. Consequently, Hanen has no mandate to...
  • IRS Insists Giving Tax Refunds to Illegal Aliens Is “the Least We Can Do” [semi-satire]

    03/10/2015 10:52:43 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 March 2015 | John Semmens
    The IRS has announced plans to follow up President Obama’s illegal grant of amnesty to persons in this country illegally with a program that will permit illegal aliens to receive tax refunds for taxes they never paid. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen defended the move as “a necessary component of the President’s vision for America’s future. The vast majority of these immigrants are poor. They will need substantial help if the President’s dream of transforming our culture is to become a reality. Diverting some of America’s excess wealth to these people via tax refunds is one way of making this happen.”...
  • Elio Motors Engine Prototype-First Start-Up to Build All-New Internal-Combustion Engine in 60 Years

    03/08/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | March 6, 2015
    Elio Motors today announced it has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype, completing one of the company's most important stages of development. With a goal of up to 84 MPG and a projected top speed of more than 100 MPH, the enclosed, three-wheeled Elio requires an engine with a unique blend of power and efficiency that simply doesn't exist on the market today. Elio Motors, which plans to sell the vehicle for $6,800 when it launches in the first half of 2016, turned to world-class engine developer IAV to create a new technology that would meet the company's...
  • How Apple Indoor Maps and Positioning Caters High Visitor Volume Facilities

    03/04/2015 6:25:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    App Developer Magazine ^ | February 27, 2015 | Stuart Parkerson
    One thing you can depend on, Apple is going to pack all kinds of goodies into its technology that offer the potential to transform the functionality of these devices and transform how you communicate with your customers. A case in point is Apple’s Indoor Positioning functionality, which Apple has updated for iOS 8 to provide facility owners with indoor latitude, longitude and floor level via API. To utilize Indoor Positioning in their own app, facility owners will need to survey their facility using Apple tools and upload a map to the Maps Indoor interface. Once that is done, the technology...
  • Virtual Plane Spotting -(for Aviation Buffs)

    02/26/2015 9:57:44 AM PST · by Duke C. · 23 replies
    I stumbled on a neat little trick which has had me mesmerized for the past few days.Is anyone else doing this?
  • So what is there to do in Tennesee?

    02/25/2015 9:35:14 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 62 replies
    I'm coming to Tennessee for a week's vacation. I still don't know what I will be doing when I'm down there. What is there to do that is of interest to a visitor? Anything I shouldn't do that might get me killed by the locals? Any little places that are pleasant that most people don't know about? I'd appreciate any assistance for this.
  • Indonesia says 'nothing' will stop Australian executions

    02/20/2015 12:14:32 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    asiaone.com ^ | Friday, Feb 20, 2015 | AFP
    "nothing whatsoever"
  • Nepal changes Everest route after avalanche deaths

    02/18/2015 1:57:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    focus-fen.net ^ | 18 February 2015 | FOCUS News Agency
    Nepalese officials said Wednesday they are changing the route that climbers take up Mount Everest after an avalanche killed 16 guides last year, the deadliest accident in the mountain's history, AFP writes.. The new route will take climbers through the centre of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall just above Everest base camp, avoiding the section to the left of the glacier where last year's avalanche occurred.
  • VANITY--Trip To NOLA Recommendations

    02/16/2015 2:13:39 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 62 replies
    Planning a 4 day trip to New Orleans. Tourism Suggestions please?
  • Amnesty ‘Loophole’ May Allow Illegals to Vote [semi-satire]

    02/14/2015 9:26:50 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    Secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas say that the documents—driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers—being provided to the illegal immigrants granted amnesty by President Obama open a “loophole” that will make it easy for these non-citizens to vote in our elections. Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest questioned the characterization of potential voting by these persons as a “loophole. I would say it would be more accurately described as a ‘feature’ of the President’s executive action regarding the ‘dreamers’ he is trying to aid.” Earnest also took issue with the premise that the “dreamers” being granted these privileges are “non-citizens....
  • Driverless Cars Get Approval For UK Roads

    02/13/2015 1:49:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Geeky Gadgets ^ | February 11, 2015 | Roland Hutchinson
    Earlier today we heard that the new Lutz Pathfinder driverless car would be launching in the UK later in the year, trials will begin on footpath routes in the UK at first and are then expected to be rolled out to roads. Now the UK government has approved the use of driverless cars in the UK, and legislation to allow the technology to we widely used in the UK will be brought in some time in 2017. UK Transport minister Claire Perry said the following about driverless cars in the UK:- "Driverless cars are the future. I want Britain to...
  • Elon Musk Threatens Layoffs After Tesla Sold Just 120 Cars in China Last Month

    02/12/2015 3:16:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Entrepreneur Magazine ^ | February 11, 2015 | Geoff Weiss
    Though initially heralded by Elon Musk as Tesla’s biggest potential market after the United States, China is shaping up to be an enormous blind spot for the electric car maker. Tesla sold just 120 cars in China last month, according to Reuters -- a dismal figure that has Musk seeing red. He allegedly blasted out an email to managers in China in January threatening to fire and demote executives who were “not on a clear path to positive long-term cash flow.” And so it is. Today, June Jin, Tesla’s vice president of communications in China, has left the company, Bloomberg...
  • Tweaking Bacteria, Scientists Turn Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel

    02/11/2015 3:20:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Christina Nunez
    Daniel Nocera's artificial leaf splits water using the sun's energy, but the world isn't yet set up to use the hydrogen gas it produces. New research uses bacteria to convert the hydrogen to liquid fuel. Daniel Nocera pioneered an "artificial leaf" that mimics the real thing, using only the sun and water to produce energy. He's touted the silicon cell as a breakthrough that could allow every home to become its own power station. His compelling concept, unveiled a few years ago, attracted a lot of publicity but hasn't quite taken off. The leaf—a cheap, wafer-thin device—works well, Nocera says,...
  • Hussein Obama’s Brotherhood:”Civilization Jihad” & White House “Outreach” Confab!

    02/08/2015 8:01:07 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine
    A ZIONIST & CONSERVATIVE BLOG ^ | February 8, 2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    IT has always been the case that knowledge is power. A guiding force. But unlike the discipline of mathematics where fuzzy math bullsh-t doesn't compute, certain areas of study lend themselves to a more fungible interpretation. In essence, they are open to "ideological" spin. Critical thinking (and facts), be damned. SUCH is the case when it comes to (revisionist) history, as well as its lessons learned - or not. YES, within teaching the history of Islam, especially re the attendant contributions of Muslims to the world - with special emphasis placed on America - the fabrications are particularly mendacious. Demonstrably,...
  • Congressman Says Media Not Pushing Amnesty Hard Enough [satire]

    02/07/2015 9:11:29 AM PST · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) castigated the media for its “lackadaisical support of the President’s innovative solution to this chronic problem.” As Gutierrez sees it, “the vilification of amnesty opponents and the glorification of illegal immigrants the media have been doing is too mild. They still go through the motions of pretending that there is another side to this issue rather than accepting that the President has laid down a new law.” The Congressman warned that “President Obama may have to institute strict controls over what is reported if the media doesn’t fall in line. Their job is to help the...
  • Amazon and Google's rumored moves may be ill-advised (Buying Uber and RadioShack?)

    02/03/2015 2:27:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | February 3, 2015 | Aaron Pressman
    It’s a day of wild stories in the tech sector, with Amazon (AMZN) reportedly looking to open a huge chain of stores and Google (GOOGL) said to want to compete with Uber in the ride sharing market. Neither blockbuster story has been confirmed. Amazon isn’t commenting on the report that it might want to take over stores from near-bankrupt RadioShack. And Google is indirectly denying the report it would take on Uber, a company it has backed via its venture capital unit. But would either move make sense? Both are certainly debatable and full details obviously are not available. There’s...
  • Lockheed Martin-designed experimental naval vessel up for sale (Orig. cost $15M, your cost, $180K)

    01/31/2015 11:31:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Gizmag ^ | January 30, 2015 | Ben Coxworth
    Any millionaire can buy themselves a fancy yacht, but if you want a conversation piece ... well, it helps if it has a story behind it, and the Lockheed Martin-built Sea Slice certainly does. Launched in 1996 by the US Navy as a military support vessel, the experimental watercraft features a unique hull design that reportedly allows it to remain as stable as a conventional ship three times its size. It cost US$15 million to design and build, but you can have it now for the low, low price of just $180,000. The Sea Slice utilizes a variation on the...
  • Uber Wants to Create 50,000 Jobs, Take 400,000 Cars Off the Road in Europe This Year

    01/18/2015 1:42:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    re/code ^ | January 18, 2015 | Ina Fried
    Uber chief Travis Kalanick said he wants to expand operations in Europe and, in the process, create 50,000 jobs and take 400,000 personal vehicles off the road. Kalanick said the ride-sharing service isn’t opposed to regulation, but wants “progressive regulation” that promotes safe and affordable rides and generates tax revenue without limiting competition. Cities around the globe have been going after Uber and other services, using a mix of existing regulations and new laws. “We want to make 2015 the year where we establish a new partnership with (European Union) cities,” Kalanick said, speaking Sunday at the DLD Conference in...
  • Ban on Fossil Fuels Needed to Save Planet [satire]

    01/13/2015 7:58:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    A study prepared by University College, London says severe restrictions on the use of fossil fuels are needed to prevent a forecast 2º centigrade increase in temperature over the next 100 years. Lead researcher Dr Christophe McGlade asserted that “decreasing the global consumption of fossil fuels is both essential and attainable. Humans can survive without these polluting commodities. In colder climates people can wear more layers of warmer clothing. We can drastically reduce the amount of combustion used to keep warm.” “In warmer climates people can let their own bodies’ sweat evaporation process keep them cool,” McGlade pointed out. “I...
  • Musk’s Hyperloop Will Revolutionize Transport, That’s Only The Beginning Of The Change It’ll Bring

    01/05/2015 2:18:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    SingularityHUB ^ | December 27, 2014 | Steven Kotler
    San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream a 60 page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely captured people’s imagination. But would it ever get made—now that was the question. Musk himself said he was too busy to take on the project, but if other people wanted in on the cause, well, that was just fine with him. As it turns out,...
  • Impossible Objects Receives $2.8m Investment to 3D Print with Kevlar, Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber

    01/02/2015 3:06:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    3D Print ^ | December 16, 2014 | Sarah Anderson
    Impossible Objects is, even for the 3D printing world, apparently doing the impossible. The focus of the company is to create the world’s first composite 3D printed objects, using an impressive variety of materials, to revolutionize the already-revolutionary 3D printing space. Larry Kaplan heads up the Impossible Objects team as the CEO. The former CEO of Navteq, Kaplan is leading the five-employee firm’s chaimpossible objects logorge in developing novel 3D manufacturing machines to enhance upon the presently available capabilities. “Current technologies are 20 or so years old,” said Kaplan. “They are great for prototyping but too slow compared to volume...
  • Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the Wagon America Needs

    12/29/2014 3:05:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! Auto's Bold Ride Blog ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jonathon Klein
    The new Mercedes-Benz CLA has absolutely killed its sales since it debuted earlier in the year. Mercedes wanted a new entry-level model that would bring in a younger generation of buyer, and the CLA and GLA have absolutely knocked it out of the park. Now Mercedes wants to expand the lineup for the cars’ platform. We’ve already seen the CLA 45 AMG, and the GLA, but according to Mercedes, what the CLA needs is a shooting brake. Or what us Americans call “a wagon.” Gone are the days of dorky wood-lined station wagons. Today’s modern iterations are some of the...
  • Flight Diverted Over Reference to Ferguson, Cries of Discrimination

    12/27/2014 6:24:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 26, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    Delta Flight 81, en route from Atlanta to Los Angeles was diverted and forced to make an unscheduled stop in Albuquerque over an incident in first class that began with “a 27-year-old Wichita man’s singing aloud to music playing from his headphones, which bothered other passengers.” When asked to stop singing by another passenger and then by a flight attendant, he “made references to the recent Ferguson, Missouri incident” and “also stated he was being harassed because he was black.”(continued)
  • Elon Musk: The new Tesla Roadster can travel some 400 miles on a single charge

    12/26/2014 7:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Washington Post's The Switch Blog ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brian Fung
    Car nerds, you just got an extra present under the tree. Tesla announced Friday an upgrade for its Roadster, the electric car company’s convertible model, and said that the new features significantly boost its range -- beyond what many traditional cars can get on a tank of gasoline. The company is installing three retrofits for the vehicle. First up is a battery upgrade that marks a 31 percent increase in capacity. Next is an “aero kit” that’ll alter the car’s profile slightly, producing a 15 percent reduction in wind drag. Finally, the Roadster will be getting new, more efficient tires....
  • Obama Golfs After Receiving Word of NYPD Shooting

    12/20/2014 10:15:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 20, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama was briefed on the ambush killing of two NYPD cops while on the golf course in Hawaii this afternoon, according to the White House press pool report. “The President has been briefed on the Brooklyn police shooting. White House officials continue to monitor the situation,” reported Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee. Obama endured harsh criticism for golfing minutes after issuing a statement on the beheading of James Foley at the hands of Muslim militants in September. “You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. There’s always going...
  • Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

    12/20/2014 3:34:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | December 20, 2014 | Scott Neuman
    <p>Remember when we told you earlier this month that a gas station in Oklahoma City had lowered its price for regular unleaded to $1.99 a gallon?</p> <p>Well, now that trend is nationwide: GasBuddy.com, which monitors prices across the country, says the $1.99 sign is up over pumps in 24 states. The national average is at $2.43 a gallon, but at one filling station in Springfield, Mo., it was only $1.93.</p>
  • Homeland Security Advises Bigger, Stronger Fence [satire]

    12/20/2014 7:13:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Citing the “dire threat” posed by uninvited intruders, the US Department of Homeland Security is recommending a substantial investment in improved fencing for the White House. “As it stands right now, hostile elements can easily breach the meager barrier that the current fence around the White House presents,” Secretary Jeh Johnson complained. “This is as grave a threat to our nation and its government as could exist. We must take steps to seal off the ease of ingress as a matter of national security.” Administration critics juxtaposed Johnson’s alarm over the inadequacy of the White House fence with his more...
  • Judge Says President's Executive Action on Immigration Unconstitutional [satire]

    12/19/2014 3:49:54 PM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Judge Arthur Schwab of the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled that portions of President Obama's unilateral action on illegal immigrants violate the US Constitution's separation of powers. “The alleged grounds of prosecutorial discretion are inadequate to support the totality of what he has tried to do,” Schwab said. “He can decline to prosecute these lawbreakers. That is the limit of his discretion. He does not have the authority to issue them identity papers that would make them eligible for employment or government benefits that existing law prohibits.” Democratic U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (Ill) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn) contend that Schwab...
  • Shep Smith wonders: Is America about to “ruin” Cuba?

    12/17/2014 6:25:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I first heard of this when John Podhoretz tweeted about it and I thought, “Nope, John’s exaggerating. I wonder what Shep really said.” Then a bunch of other people tweeted that Podhoretz was right, so I thought, “Okay, but obviously a joke.” Then I watched the clip. Actual quote about an honest to goodness police state, no apparent irony intended: “The last thing they need is a Taco Bell and a Lowe’s.” Two ways to read that, I guess. One is that he’s objecting to having the wrong priorities, not to American businesses invading the island. Cubans need basic necessities,...
  • Illegal Immigrant Sues Border Patrol [satire]

    12/15/2014 8:46:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Illegal immigrant Jose Manuel Marino-Najera has filed suit against the US Border Patrol for dog bite injuries he sustained during his arrest. Marino-Najera was among a group of immigrants smuggling marijuana across the border. He is alleging that his human rights were violated. “Those border guards disobeyed their own President Obama,” Marino-Najera declared. “He says I have a right to go where I want. They should have given me food and water, not sicced their dogs on me.” Marino-Najera’s lawyer Susan Horschidt claims that “the trauma my client experienced has given him nightmares that have ruined his life. No amount...
  • Obama Boasts that Successor Won't Be Able to Undo Amnesty [satire]

    12/12/2014 3:19:09 PM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    President Obama taunted opponents of his executive action on illegal immigrants, boasting that "it's permanent. No one will be able to unravel it. I'm not just granting them immunity from prosecution for illegally residing in the United States. I'm giving them ID documents, work permits, and Social Security numbers. They'll have the paperwork making them indistinguishable from American citizens. They'll be working and living in our neighborhoods. Their kids will be going to your kids' schools. They'll be voting in our elections. Any efforts to reverse the rights I've bestowed will be punished at the polls." "Rather than embark on...
  • Graphene-based Fuel Cell Membrane Could Extract Hydrogen Directly from Air

    12/11/2014 3:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | December 2, 2014 | Dexter Johnson
    In research out of the University of Manchester in the UK led by Nobel Laureate Andre Geim, it has been shown that the one-atom-thick materials graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), once thought to be impermeable, allow protons to pass through them. The result, the Manchester researchers believe, will be more efficient fuel cells and the simplification of the heretofore difficult process of separating hydrogen gas for use as fuel in fuel cells. This latest development alters the understanding of one of the key properties of graphene: that it is impermeable to all gases and liquids. Even an atom as...
  • Driverless cars set to be tested in four English cities

    12/04/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    BBC News Technology Blog ^ | December 3, 2014
    Milton Keynes is set to begin tests of the Lutz self-driving pods next year.The four English locations picked to test driverless cars have been named.Greenwich, in south-east London, and Bristol will each host a project of their own, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will share a third. The decision was announced by the quango Innovate UK, after George Osborne's Autumn Statement. The chancellor also announced an additional £9m in funding for the work, adding to the £10m that had been announced in July. The businesses involved will add further funds. Bristol will host the Venturer consortium, which aims to investigate...
  • ESS Crossbow Suppressor 2X Review (Ballistic Sunglasses), Shooting and Motorcycles

    12/01/2014 1:33:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I do not write reviews, generally.  It has to be a product that I am going to use.  I needed a good set of sunglasses for shooting and motorcycle riding. I came across the ESS display at the 2014 Shot Show.  They had several of their products that had withstood being hit with number 6 shot at 10 yards.  This is a standard test required for them to be issued as military gear.   These dimples on the glasses are from number six shot.  It did not penetrate.  ESS calls their products eyeshields, and that is a better description...
  • Passengers had to push Tu-134 (airliner) which froze to a runway (-52 degrees)

    11/26/2014 12:10:30 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 35 replies
    As reported LifeNews a source in the airport of Igarka, state of emergency happened to the liner the day before in the morning. Before take-off stem of thermometer fell to-52 degrees therefore the chassis froze to a surface of an airfield, without allowing the plane to leave on a runway and to make dispersal.
  • President Cites “Higher Authority” for Immigration Executive Order [satire]

    11/22/2014 8:11:29 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    In the face of nearly two dozen videos of him saying he lacked legal authority to unilaterally enact immigration reform, President Obama went ahead and did so, citing a “higher authority.” “As President of the United States, I felt myself hemmed in by the limitations placed on the office by the US Constitution,” Obama admitted. “As a human being, though, I could not bear the continuing injustice inflicted on the people who have entered this country illegally.” “My dilemma was how to reconcile the guidelines of an aging framework for a nation's government and the call of my conscience,” Obama...
  • President's Usurpation of Legislative Authority Hailed by Democrats [satire]

    11/21/2014 3:20:48 PM PST · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    President Obama's decision to enact immigration reform legislation that Congress has refused to enact inspired some lavish praise from fellow Democrats. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) called it "a courageous first step. President Obama's determination to take a politically unpopular position so soon after voters elected a Republican dominated Congress stakes out new ground in the battle for control over the government and policy." "It's important that we build upon the President's innovation and transform our nation from the archaic plan of trying to extract policy from a fragmented legislative body, where no one has a mandate for governing,...